Housing boom hurts the poor, study warns
Jan 17, 2008 04:30 AM
Housing in Canada's 22 largest cities is becoming increasingly unaffordable and the risk of homelessness is growing, a report warns.
"Many people in Canada's large cities struggle to find decent, affordable housing as they move from living on the street, living in emergency shelters and living in short-term transitional housing," said Richmond Hill Deputy Mayor Brenda Hogg, who oversaw the report for the federation.
Meanwhile, significantly more low-income families, many of them with children, are living on the brink of homelessness or in substandard housing, she said.
The report, which looks at trends in affordable housing and homelessness from 2001 to 2006, is based on data from Statistics Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., Citizenship and Immigration and Human Resources Canada.
Do you think the importation of 250,000(officially)-300,000(unofficially) immigrants a year has anything to do with it? Nah. Probably not.